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Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity
Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity
von Jakob Nielsen
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Worth reading but take it with a grain of salt, 4. Juni 2000
This latest endeavor of one of the more renowned authorities in usability design strives to give a complete account of what is involved in the design of a successful web-site. While Nielsen uses many real-life examples to illustrate his points, I find more than a few of his assertions a little suspect. In some situations, he over-simplifies and describes the outcome of the problem in terms of "black and white", not allowing for any shades of gray. Whether Nielsen is successful in getting his points across is questionable due to this binary approach. However, he does bring up a lot of timely issues for designing on the web such as response times and overly flashy graphics.
The tone of the book is definitely overbearing and opinionative, nevertheless, his style of writing does make the book very readable. If you need to know the basics of designing interfaces for the web, this book will serve as a good reference. My suggestion is that you take his words with a grain of salt and not worry too much if you have to break one or two of his cherished "top-ten" rules of interface design.


Envisioning Information
Envisioning Information
von Edward R. Tufte
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A masterfully executed volume on information design, 4. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Envisioning Information (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This book as a "must-have" for any usability design engineer. While it is not a book that focuses specifically on usability design per se, all of the concepts covered in this insightful volume are extremely useful in designing human-computer interfaces. Moreover, since this is a book on information design, it is also a treasure trove of knowledge critical when designing in many other visual mediums such as those found in the world of print media. Throughout the engaging narrative, Tufte draws on many interesting historical examples of successful and unsuccessful attempts at visual communication including everything from astronomical charts to train schedules.
A masterpiece in visual communication itself, the reams of useful knowledge in this book are brought together in a remarkably concise and coherent package, interspersed with beautifully illustrated examples and narratives. The physical book itself is of notable quality, a hallmark of any of Tufte's publications. My only criticism is that the format of this book (0.89 x 10.81 x 8.90) make it a little unwieldy - a pretty moot point, however.


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